Jim re-joined the Klamath Bird Observatory board in 2014. Jim and his wife, Laura, built their home 35 years ago at the end of a small valley in northern Siskiyou County in California. A visitor could drive through the front gate in California and walk through the back fence into Oregon. They live a little closer to town now, but not too close.
Here is what Jim has to say: “We moved here for the mountains and the rivers and all of the wild places. It is important to me to live where all of that is just a minute or two from my backyard. My passion is to be outdoors, especially with my family. It might be a week-long river trip or backpacking or just a few hours being together on a hike. Here is a cool thing… I used to be the guy in my family with the binoculars. Now the whole family is wearing their own bins on our outings. I am still the “bird man” but the tables have turned. My son and daughter have young, sharp eyes and ears that miss little. They show me the birds that I have missed. They are ferocious in their enjoyment and defense of wilderness and its creatures. Now I am the student. This is how it should be.”